Travel Log: History of the Federal Conference Travel Crackdown
How the crackdown on federal conference travel has played out over the past year and a half.
April 2012: Inspector general’s report on 2010 GSA conference details the roughly $800,000 the agency spent in Las Vegas.
May 2012: OMB calls on federal agencies to reduce FY 2013 travel expenses by at least 30 percent from FY 2010 levels through FY 2016.
March 2013: Sequester goes into effect.
May 2013: OMB issues new guidance on agency conference spending, stressing that agencies should not consider the earlier OMB guidance to cut back on spending as a moratorium on travel or conference attendance.
June 2013: IRS falls under congressional scrutiny after release of an inspector general’s report detailing $4 million the agency spent on a 2010 conference.
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